The Value of Public Health

John Mayer, ’73 BA, studied the humanities as an undergraduate, went on to obtain a law degree, and spent most of his career in electronics manufacturing. He recently donated funds that will be used to create the John G Mayer and Teresa Shyu Scholarship Fund at the Yale School of Public Health.

Even though he has never worked in a health–related field, Mayer appreciates the difference that public health can make in people’s lives. “The more I thought about it, this seemed to be an excellent way to ultimately improve the lives of a great many people,” he said.

Mayer also liked the fact that whatever money he donated would be matched dollar for dollar by Yale, effectively doubling the impact of his gift. “At the level of giving that I could afford, I felt that this gift would have the maximum impact,” he said.

Mayer is now retired and resides in Santa Monica, Calif. But he still remembers the financial assistance he received while a student at Yale and the difference that it made. “I’m grateful that the funds were there for me,” he said. “I feel like I’m repaying a debt.”